I watch a lot of short gay films on YouTube and have curated a selection of the better ones on my website. You can see them at Short & Independent LGBT Films. There you will find 35 films of wide variety and I plan soon to add a second collection.
One of the movies I selected for the initial collection is Dare, filmed in 2003 by David Brind and Adam Salky, film students at the time.
The story takes place in high school where two very different students cross paths working together in drama club. Johnny, played by Michael Cassidy, is a popular rich kid playing male lead in the school play but not doing so well with his lines. Ben, played by Adam Fleming, is light boy on the stage crew. He’s withdrawn and a loner without many friends.
These two have very little in common when Ben offers to help Johnny with his lines. Back at Johnny’s house they end up in the swimming pool … and … well, I’ll stop here so as not to spoil the film.
Dare was a huge success with awards and showings at over 50 film festivals worldwide. It was included in a DVD series of short gay films by Strand Releasing and a feature version of the film was also produced. A loyal and enthusiastic fan base lead Brind and Salky to film a sequel. The original cast was assembled and now we see where Johnny and Ben are today, 15 years later.
The Original Film
It’s been a long wait. There were funds to raise and probably a million details but the sequel is finally here. The trailer:
I’ve watched it and like it. Dare now combines the original and sequel as a single film, starting with Part 1 (2003) followed by Part 2 (present day). The original film was good, but now it’s all so much richer seeing the characters as they were then and how they’ve grown since. I find myself craving a sequel to the sequel!
How to Watch
To watch the sequel go to DareShortFilm.com. You’ll be directed to Vimeo On Demand where you can rent the film for 48 hours for streaming at $2.99, or buy it for download at $5.99. It’s available in SD, HD and other formats all at the same price.
The film is also available on Blu-ray DVD for $24.99 while supplies last. A portion of this sales price goes to support the Trevor Project.
I’ll close by saying you don’t have to be gay to enjoy this film, or most in the collection on my website. There’s a lot there for everyone on many levels.
Updates (May 2020)
- A short sequel to the sequel has been posted on YouTube: Johnny calls Ben in New York City to see how’s he doing in lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis. I’ve posted it here at the blog, titled Ben & Johnny’s COVID Video Call.
- The Blu-ray DVD mentioned above is sold out. To be added to the waitlist and be notified about future Blu-ray availability, write to email@example.com.
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